Angel Pagan left tonight’s game in the seventh inning with muscle spasms in his right side and is day-to-day. If Jerry Manuel stays consistent to what he says he will rest Pagan tomorrow as he sits a player the day after he pulls him from a game because of injury.
I was down Monday with server issues, which I hope have been resolved. Many thanks to Joe D. from Metsmerized for his help and patience.
Two items occurred that I haven’t had the opportunity to comment on: John Maine and Jenrry Mejia.
The one on Maine is especially disturbing because it shows and ugly side of Jerry Manuel. His comment about pitching Maine “on the off days,’’ was for a cheap laugh, which he got. But, how he threw Maine under the bus like that has to send a message to other players when dealing with their injuries.
Maybe Maine is done with the Mets, but he’s still here and working hard to get back. He deserves his manager’s respect.
If I’m a player and working hard to get back, I don’t like the manager taking a cheap shot at me for his benefit.
The Mets were struggling, in last place in the NL East when they played the Yankees for the first time at Citi Field in May.
They won two of three, then shutout the Phillies in a three-game sweep, and have gone 15-6 since to pull within a half game of Atlanta.
The Mets are looking to extend their winning streak to eight games – for the second time this season – when they face the Yankees tonight at the Stadium.
Hisanori Takahashi vs. Javier Vazquez.
“When you go to play the defending world champions, you’ve got to be playing good baseball,’’ said manager Jerry Manuel. “I feel good about the way we’re playing.’’
He ought to, as the Mets will be trying for their seventh straight road win tonight. The last time they won that many was in June, 2006, when they peeled off nine straight on the road.
Pennants aren’t always won by superstars, they are often determined by the non-descript, the long shots, the unknowns.
If the Mets somehow find their way into October, R.A. Dickey would have played an important role, and if he keeps on this pace, it won’t be a bit part, either.
Dickey will float his knuckleball tonight in an attempt to win his fifth straight decision to become just the fourth Met to win his first five decisions with the club.
This couldn’t have been foreseen when the Mets brought him up from Triple-A Buffalo, May 19. What also couldn’t have been envisioned at the time is that the Mets can move into first place with a victory and an Atlanta loss.
Yes, too early, but it beats looking up from a huge hole.
Jason Bay has a bruised left quad muscle from his collision last night with Indians first baseman Andy Marte.
Bay stayed in the game but was eventually removed when the bruise “knotted up,’’ as he put it and replaced by Jesus Feliciano.
The Mets list him as day-to-day.
It is Jerry Manuel’s policy to normally sit a player the game after he removes him because of an injury so don’t be surprised to see Feliciano start tonight against Cleveland’s Jake Westbrook.